Vampire Knight – 13 (END)
Holding the dying Shizuka in his arms, Ichiru offers to give her his blood, but she refuses on the grounds that he’s the only person she won’t make a vampire. In talking about how their circumstances were similar, Shizuka remembers back to when she had first taken over Maria’s body and how Ichiru wasn’t used to it. After she had given him some more of her own blood, Ichiru had questioned why she wouldn’t make him into a vampire, so Shizuka had revealed that she didn’t want him to be her servant and thus lose his ability to speak with a sharp tongue. That would be boring for her, and she had turned Zero into a vampire precisely because it wouldn’t be boring. What’s more, Shizuka saw vampires as fleeting and fragile, and it goes back to how her previous lover had been hunted by Ichiru’s parents. Since Ichiru didn’t resent her for killing his parents, Shizuka had called him sinful and had kissed him with Maria’s body. Ichiru didn’t want her doing something like that since he thought she didn’t love him, but the truth is that Shizuka had intentionally pretended not to notice his feelings.
Back in the present, Ichiru is in tears over how Shizuka has started to disappear, and by the time Zero arrives in the room, Ichiru had already drunken Shizuka’s blood. Her body then shatters, and Ichiru remains frustrated over how she didn’t want his blood. Zero, however, refutes this and struggles to explain that he understands because he also has someone he doesn’t want to become a vampire. Ichiru doesn’t care to hear this from a Zero who he thinks is already a Level E, and he leaves via the window. Zero can’t chase after Ichiru because of the pain he’s going through, but what he can do is hear Yuuki coming. She sees him writhing on the ground like this even though he doesn’t want her to, but by the time Cain comes by, Zero is gone from the room thanks to the chairman. Zero is subsequently absent from class, and when Yuuki asks the chairman about it, the chairman merely proposes paying a visit to Zero sometime later. Cain meanwhile reports to Kaname what he saw in the aftermath and how the chairman appears to be protecting Zero. When Kaname acts like Zero could have been the one who killed Shizuka, Aidou is disturbed because he knows the truth about what really happened, however he chooses not to say anything. In any case, Kaname feels that he has to report this to the Council of Ancients since a prohibition was violated in the killing of a pureblood.
Aidou is bothered enough by all this that he talks with Cain afterwards about Shizuka. He knows that Shizuka had a pureblood fiancé but had loved an ex-human vampire, and this man’s name had been put on the Vampire Hunters Association’s purge list. The problem is that this man hadn’t become a Level E yet, so he shouldn’t have been a target on that list yet. What’s also puzzling is that Shizuka was on the run from the Council of Ancients, yet she put herself at risk by showing up at their school. Aidou suspects that she was after something, and his thoughts fall to what Kaname had said to her after he had impaled her. Kaname meanwhile finds Yuuki by a water fountain, and he laments how she’s getting involved in problems that should be solved by the Night Class and how she doesn’t let him protect her. Seeing how concerned she is about Zero, he tracks Zero down in the chamber where he is being held and finds Zero at his limit. Even though Kaname had left Zero the blood that could have saved him, Zero hadn’t been able to drink it, and with Yuuki so sad, Kaname decides to offer his own blood. After making it clear that it’s only for Yuuki’s sake, Kaname lets Zero drink from his neck, and both of them think about Yuuki.
Well, for a final episode (of the first series), this was rather slow all the way until the final two or so minutes when Kaname let Zero feed off of him. I’ve been using the word “anticlimactic” a lot lately, but it fits in this case too since all the big things happened last week, leaving not much for this week since it appears they didn’t wanna delve into too much new stuff. Given that I thought things were rather fast paced last week, it feels like the writers/director could have balanced the story a bit better. The only big surprise was that scene at the very end (for a moment there, I thought we were headed for a BL scene), and while it makes for an interesting segue into the next series, I’m told that this screws things up a little because apparently it’s not something that happens in the manga story for quite a while. On the plus side, they did manage to set up some interesting subplots with the mystery behind what Shizuka was doing there and with how Aidou knows that Kaname was the one who killed Shizuka (you could just see his loyalty waver), so while this ending may not have been all that, they can hit the ground running in the next series. The ED sequence this week also featured preview shots of the next series, though it doesn’t appear to give any big clues about anything. We’ll have to see how things turn out in starting in October.